Friday, December 18, 2009

Todd to perform in a future show in Australia 1/28/10

Sydney Opera House

January 28 at 8.30pm
Gates open at 7pm
Sydney Opera House

2hrs, no interval

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Marianne Faithfull / Tim Robbins / David Johansen / Todd Rundgren / Gavin Friday / Baby Gramps / David Thomas / Norma Waterson / Sarah Blasko / Katy Steele / Peaches / Glenn Richards / Liam Finn / Camille O’Sullivan / Kami Thompson / Marry Waterson / more to be announced!

A Hal Willner production

Leave terra firma behind and cast off on a pirate adventure.

In an Australian exclusive, a stellar line-up of over 20 rock and folk icons, actors, punk rockers and more take to the stage on the Forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, along with an exceptional house band, to bring the lore and fables of the pirates and sailors of the high seas to life. The songs chronicle a life at sea - from sailors, convicts, travellers and pirates - and all the hardships, horrors, lusts and romance that went along with it.

Following hugely successful concerts in the UK and Ireland, producer Hal Willner (Came So Far for Beauty, 2005) brings another all-star line-up to Sydney. Rogue's Gallery was conceived by actor Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski on the set of Pirates of the Caribbean. The result was a compilation CD featuring a veritable who's who of contemporary music performing pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys.

The Rogue's Gallery artists:

Marianne Faithfull Quintessential rock survivor, connoisseur of songs and charismatic interpreter
Tim Robbins Hollywood superstar and musician
David Johansen member of the seminal American proto-punk band The New York Dolls
Todd Rundgren legendary purveyor of deft pop gems and producer for Meatloaf, Patti Smith and New York Dolls
Gavin Friday Irish singer, songwriter and member of the post-punk group The Virgin Prunes
Peaches Canadian shock-rocker
Baby Gramps American roots revivalist, vaudevillian and raconteur
David Thomas founding member protopunkers Rocket From The Tombs
Norma Waterson English folk-royalty, original member of the Watersons and Waterson:Carthy
Sarah Blasko ARIA Award winning Australian songstress
Katy Steele Little Birdy front woman
Glenn Richards one of the finest songwriters of his generation and front man for rock band Augie March
Liam Finn singer-songwriter and rising star of indie-rock
Camille O’Sullivan Irish chanteuse
Kami Thompson daughter of British folk duo Richard and Linda Thompson
Marry Waterson daughter of English folk luminaries Lal Waterson and George Knight

Stay tuned for further line-up announcements in January!

'A serious exercise in musical archaeology and a lot of fun – mournful, bawdy, gory and daft by turns.' - The Guardian

'Stuffed to the rafters with unexpected msydoments and collaborations that don’t add up on paper, but make perfect sense on the stage. Sail on, sailors.' - The Independent

The Rogue's Gallery band:

Kate St John (musical director/oboe/cor anglais/accordion/saxophone)
David Coulter (saw/fiddle/banjo/mandolin)
Leo Abrahams (guitar/hurdy gurdy/bouzouki)
Martyn Barker (drums/percussion)
Rory McFarlane (acoustic/electric bass)
Roger Eno (piano/keys/harmonium)

Originally commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London.
Contains coarse language.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Bob Lefsetz reflects on musician/producer and "heavy metal kid" Todd Rundgren's finer moments.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

rundgrenRadio Billy James vol 2 of todd rundgren bio

Book Release Party!

Author Billy James will be our guest this Tuesday night as we discuss his new book, "A Dream Goes On Forever: The Continuing Story of Todd Rundgren Volume II". The book covers the time period of 1977-87.

Show starts at 8:30pm ET!